This is the biggest production I've been on yet, with a budget of 1 million norwegian kroner. For part one of this production I got to work together with Trondheim's most experienced gaffer, Pål Aarnseth. Together we emulated sunlight into a house and covered all the windows with ND filters. We also had one of the grips, Eilif (guy in gray hoodie) as well as some runnners help us out with holding lights as it was windy and we didn't have enough sandbags.
The cinematographer wanted sunlight in, but being able to shoot out the windows. First we cut big pieces of ND covering the windows, but it wasn't perfect so we had to take them down again and cut smaller pieces fitting into the window frames. They were held there by vaccum created by spraying water under them, then pushing the water out.
It was overcast for most of the two days, but when the sun decided to show up, we had to throw up a huge silk frame to soften it out.
A lot of the time on set was spent just holding bounce boards and lights in place. Inside, the cinematogrpaher set up a kino-flo to lift the exposure.
PART TWO: Forest shoot
The 2nd part of the production was shot in August, around a small lake not too far from my house. Here they didn't have Eilif or Pål on set, and there were almost no light setups, so I worked a lot more as a grip. Formally, I was also the gaffer here! But there was very little light work to be done.
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Did a bit of manual light bouncing and flagging. Below is the only lamp we used for part two, here working to emulate the outside light, lifting the exposure of the boy. I did a lot of dolly-pushing and pulling. The most advanced setup was probably the circular track seen above and below.
During the summer i visited my friends from the European Film College and helped them make "Straitjacket" a film we were supposed to make as our final film at school. It's about dealing with rape and a true passion project for all of us. It didn't get picked, but that didn't stop us from raising funds and making it anyway. I was light assistant for my friend Sine Juhl. Jens Nordhausen did camera. Here are some behind-the-scenes pics from the shoot!
One thing I did on this shoot I've never done before, is covering an entire wall with black molton. We did that to increase contrast indoors as it absorbed a lot of the ambient bounce from the white walls. Website for the film: www.spaendetroeje-kortfilm.dk/
I'm a freelance gaffer. I also do basic grip work.